John B Selheimer
The Honorable John Selheimer was born in Milford, Juniata County on Aug. 18, 1826, the son of Absalom and Eleanor (Beale) Selheimer; trained as a tinsmith, employed as a Lewistown hardware owner and commanded the Logan Guards, the “first” of Pennsylvania’s First Responders (volunteer company) to secure Washington against a Confederate invasion at the outbreak of the Civil War. Selheimer’s unit mustered in at Camp Curtin, April 18, 1861, three-month service, organized as part of the 25th Regt., PVI – Selheimer assigned the rank of Lt. Colonel. The regiment served three critical months in Washington D.C., mustering out in July 1861. As a civilian, Selheimer served as county treasurer, 1857; the state Senate, 1885-1888; director of the Electric Light Co., and director of the Mann Tool Co. He passed away on December 16, 1893, Lewistown.